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Pure Noise with Pure Data $90 – May 29, June 5, 12

Interested in software sound synthesis, sequencing, and sampling for studio design or live media performance? Want to learn a straightforward but powerful visual programming language that is well suited for these purposes? Join me (Patrick Richardson) on this crash course that will focus on basic visual-programming principles, signal synthesis and data sampling. Making noise for its own sake!

PureData aka “PD” is a free and open source visual programming language for creating, manipulating, and controlling audio, MIDI, and other signals.
It allows us to program sound synthesizers, samplers, sequencers, custom effect-processors, and more, without writing a single line of code.
Instead of writing lines of code, the program works by visually connecting “patches” between processor-blocks that represent data and signal flow.

This workshop will focus on using PureData as as a sound creation and manipulation tool, but these foundations can help apply PD for video manipulation, game control, automation, robotics, or anything else that the PD language can handle.

Day 1 (May 29) will be intro and simple sound synthesis.
Day 2 (June 5) will introduce sequencing and sampling
Day 3 (June 12) will explore hierarchy and communication between the devices you create.

This course is suitable for beginners. Young makers 16 and older are welcome to attend.


The fee for all 3 sessions is $90. Space is limited, so register today.


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